FBI's List of IP Safeguarding Tips
April 10, 2014
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has posted some intellectual property protection tips that can be helpful to any company or individual seeking to safeguard key information assets.
As the FBI’s notice points out, intellectual property assets can include vendor information, prototypes or blueprints, negotiation strategies, software, and financial data. The notice urges IP owners to avoid storing vital information on any device that connects to the Internet, encourages IP owners to use current software security tools, and reminds IP owners of the importance of training employees and keeping them aware of information security policies and protocols.
“You are ultimately responsible for protecting your own intellectual property,” so “take reasonable steps to protect your intellectual property and products, and document those measures,” the FBI warns.
To contact the FBI about economic espionage, theft of trade secrets, or other IP rights violations, please visit www.fbi.gov.